Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms
Degree Programme – Higher education is provided through studies within an accredited degree programme, in compliance with the study plan in the stipulated mode of study. Studies are completed with a state examination and award of an academic degree (e.g. Bc., Mgr., Ing., Ph.D). A degree programme may consist of a degree course or a specialization.
Types of Degree Programmes:
The standard duration of studies is 3 or 3.5 years. During this period of time students learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the chosen profession and are being prepared for studies in the follow-up Master’s programme. Studies are duly completed with a final state examination, part of which is the Bachelor’s thesis. Graduates are awarded the academic degree of ‘Bachelor’ (abbreviation Bc.). Graduates in Visual Arts are awarded the degree of ‘Bachelor of Arts’ (abbreviation BcA.).
List of Bachelor’s programmes offered at TBU in Zlín.
Follow-up Master’s Programmes
Within a follow-up Master’s programme students gain theoretical knowledge based on the present state of scientific knowledge, learn how to apply the knowledge and are encouraged to develop their skills in R&D and creative activities. The programme follows the Bachelor’s programme and its standard duration is 2 years. Studies are duly completed with a final state examination, part of which is the Master’s thesis defence. Graduates are awarded the academic degree of ‘Engineer’ (abbreviation Ing.), graduates from the Faculty of Multimedia Communications and the Faculty of Humanities are awarded the degree of ‘Master’ (abbreviation Mgr.) and graduates in Visual Arts are awarded the degree of ‘Master of Arts’ (abbreviation MgA.).
List of follow-up Master’s programmes offered at TBU in Zlín.
Within a Doctoral programme students concentrate on scientific and individual creative activities in the field of research and development. The standard duration of study is 3 or 4 years. Graduates are awarded the degree of ‘Doctor’ (abbreviation Ph.D. written after the name).
List of Doctoral programmes offered at TBU in Zlín.
Mode of Study:
- Full-time – earlier termed as ‘daily’ (The predominant part of the classes is organized in lectures, seminars, workshops, courses, practical training, laboratory work, etc., in which the student is in a direct contact with his/her teacher and gains the knowledge directly.)
- Distance learning (a multimedia form of controlled studies, in which the teachers and consultants are permanently or predominantly separated from the students during the course of studies)
- Part-time – earlier termed as ‘distance’ (combines characteristics of the full-time mode of study and distance learning)
The standard duration of studies indicates the period given in years, within which a student is expected to complete his/her studies in an accredited degree programme (e.g. 3 years in a Bachelor’s programme, 2 years in a follow-up Master’s programme, etc.). If the actual duration of study of a particular student in a degree programme exceeds the stipulated standard duration of study, this may result in reduced eligibility for certain types of scholarship. If the standard duration of study is exceeded by more than 1 year, the student may be required to pay the tuition fee.
The course of studies in accredited degree programmes is registered in a credit system based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In order to complete each type of an accredited degree programme it is necessary to gain the minimum number of the credits required: 180 – 210 credits in a Bachelor’s programme, 120 credits in a follow-up Master’s programme. Credits are a measure of study load of a student; the standard study load is 30 credits per each semester (60 credits per academic year).